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Weddings on Pleasure Island
Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher.

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  The towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach and the unincorporated Fort Fisher area are all considered part of Pleasure Island.
   The name "Pleasure Island" refers to the southern end of New Hanover County, including the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach and the unincorporated Fort Fisher area.

   At Carolina Beach, there’s no charge to use the beach and no permits are required. Effective 2007, tents and chairs are not permitted. Information: Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428; (910) 458-7416.
   Kure Beach does not require a permit for small beach weddings, but does not permit chairs or other elaborate set-ups. For information, contact the Police Department, 117 N. 6th Ave., Kure Beach, NC 28449; (910) 458-7586.
   Fort Fisher is the unincorporated area south of Kure Beach. The oceanfront gazebo area at the State Historic Site is available for weddings. A written application and $300 fee are required. Signs are available to reserve space and direct guests. Tents are permitted in designated areas. P.O. Box 169, Kure Beach, NC 28449; (910) 458-5538.
   Just south of the Historic Site is the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. It has several miles of beach including the strand in front of the N.C. Aquarium. Weddings are allowed on the beach with a Special Activity Permit, which costs $35. A week's advance notice is required, with specifics about the precise location on the beach and such details as the number of chairs, tents, etc. CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the permit application form. Mail or hand-deliver the form to: 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449; (910) 458-5798.

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